French police evacuate a Roma family from a camp near Lille last month. In a speech French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that he had asked the interior minister to “put an end to the wild squatting and camping of the Roma.”
This picture from July 30, 1942 shows a concentration camp prisoner, Hans Bonarewitz, being accompanied to his execution by the camp band at the Mauthausen camp in Austria. Nobody knows exactly how many Roma died during Nazi times. Numbers range from a firm 90,000 to as many as an estimated half a million.